FROM: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2106366/Osama-bin-Ladens-secret-compound-demolished-Pakistan.htmlIn accordance with Federal Laws provided For Educational and Information Purposes – i.e. of PUBLIC InterestOsama bin Ladens secret compound isDEMOLISHED in Pakistan 10 months after deadlySEAL team raidBy Daily Mail ReporterLast updated at 11:32 AM on 26th February 2012The three-storey Pakistan compound where Osama bin Laden spent his last years and waskilled by U.S Navy SEALs last May is being demolished.Rings of police kept spectators and journalists away from the compound, which thegovernment began tearing down on Saturday night under powerful flood lights withoutproviding prior notice.Three mechanized backhoes ripped into the building, and large trucks carried away the debris,according to an Associated Press reporter who was able to get close enough to see the work.Good riddance! Osama bin Ladens former hideout where the Al Qaeda planned terror attacks is demolished bydiggers... and not a day too soon
Work begins: Pakistani security personnel start the demolition of the compound where Osama bin Laden waskilled in May 2011Bin Ladens lair: Local residents watch as the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where the al Qaeda leader spenthis last days is slowly demolishedPakistan was outraged by the covert American raid in the northwestern town of Abbottabadbecause it was not informed beforehand - a decision the U.S. explained was driven by concernsthat someone in the government might tip off bin Laden.
The terror leaders death was cheered across the globe, but many Pakistanis were angry that theU.S. violated its territory and that its troops were powerless to stop American soldiers fromattacking a compound located next to the countrys elite military academy.The backhoes - heavy machines with strong crane-like digging arms - have torn down the tallboundary walls around bin Ladens compound and have destroyed more than half of the mainbuilding, where the al-Qaida chief lived for years with his wives and children.Army soldiers who were guarding the compound Saturday night handed authority over to thepolice in the morning and left. Work continued Sunday morning but halted around midday forunknown reasons.Pakistani officials have declined to say why they decided to begin demolition.Residents of the normally sleepy town of Abbottabad were divided on what the governmentshould do with the compound in the aftermath of the raid. Some thought it should be destroyed,but others believed it should be turned into a tourist attraction to help the town earn money.There was always the danger, however, that it could also draw al-Qaida supporters.Pulled down: The destruction of the building brings an end to the a stain on Pakistans history and remained a startremainder of the al Qaeda leader and in turn the atrocities committed on 9/11
The three-storey compound, pictured, where Osama bin Laden spent his last years and was killed by U.Scommandos is being demolishedAmerican officials said they buried bin Ladens body at sea to avoid giving his followers aburial place that could become a makeshift shrine.Many U.S. officials expressed disbelief that bin Laden could have lived in Abbottabad foraround six years without the Pakistani government knowing. But the U.S. has not found anyevidence that senior Pakistani officials knew of the al-Qaida chiefs whereabouts.The U.S. Navy SEALs who attacked bin Ladens compound on May 2 infiltrated by helicopterfrom neighboring Afghanistan. The raid, which lasted around 40 minutes, was a serious blowto the already troubled U.S.-Pakistan relationship.Pakistan responded by kicking out more than 100 U.S. troops training Pakistanis incounterterrorism operations and reduced the level of intelligence cooperation.Some members of Congress called on the U.S. to cut of the billions of dollars of military andcivilian aid to Pakistan unless Islamabad explained bin Ladens presence in Abbottabad andboosted cooperation on the Afghan war. The aid has continued, although at a somewhat lowerlevel.
Inside the compound: A detailed image shows Osama Bin Laden in his Abbottabad compound surrounded by TVs,a PC, digital decoder and a boster pillowThis well-known image captures the moment President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and members of thenational security team saw bin Ladens compound raised and him killed live